*This post is sponsored by BetterYou.
You have probably heard of Vitamin D…a vitamin produced by the sun’s rays in the skin and contained in various fruits and vegetables.
However, according to NICE statistics, Vitamin D deficiency affects 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 5 children which is quite a large proportion of the population.
This week is Vitamin D Awareness Week and BetterYou got in touch to ask if I wanted to try out one of their Vitamin D Home Testing Kits. I have never had my levels tested so I was interested to see what my results were. I sit inside a lot of my day working on the computer so I thought I could be at risk for having a deficiency.
Signs of a Vitamin D deficiency can manifest in common conditions such as coughs, colds, fatigue, low mood, achy muscles, and poor oral health. As you can see, it can affect a wide range of parts of the body so it is important to check out your levels.
The testing kit from BetterYou is incredibly easy and quick to use. In order to test your Vitamin D levels, you will need to place four blood spots on to the collection card. The kit contains a small device which helps you in getting blood from your fingertip. It feels like a small scratch and is incredibly easy to do yourself – full instructions are included in the pack you receive.
There is a prepaid envelope within the pack where you put the collection card and consent form. Your blood samples are sent to Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS trust who analyse the spots of dried blood on your sample card to measure the Vitamin D in your blood. They measure for Vitamin D2 and D3, reporting the total and D2 and D3 results. The results are supplied within 10 working days – I got mine in 2!
Your results are emailed directly to you from BetterYou. From your results, BetterYou creates a bespoke supplementation plan to help increase or maintain your levels using products such as the above.
What were my results?
I had a result of 74.5 nmol/L, which means I have an adequate amount of Vitamin D in my system which I was actually quite surprised about. In fact, a level over 50 is adequate so I am A-OK for Vitamin D luckily!
Grab your own home testing kit in time for the colder months!